GTF joins international condemnation of inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 17 June 2014  GTF joins international condemnation of inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka lobal Tamil Forum joins the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, and many others in condemning the communal violence targeting the Muslim community in south-western Sri Lanka over the past couple of days. More than 78 people have been seriously injured and at least three have been confirmed dead following violence predominantly aimed at the Muslim population in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala.  On Sunday 15th June, a rally by the extremist, Buddhist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, descended into chaos as the BBS and its followers moved through predominantly Muslim areas chanting anti-Muslim slogans and inciting hatred. Mosques and tens of Muslim-owned local businesses and homes […]

TIC urges Government to end violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

TIC PRESS RELEASE  – DATE: 16 June 2014  TIC urges Government to end violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) condemns the continuing attacks on the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Today’s attack against Muslims  in the south-western coastal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwela, by a Buddhist mob is the worst anti-Muslim violence in decades, and fears are growing that the situation could become worse. The latest reports indicate that at least 7 persons were killed and over 50 injured. Three mosques were attacked and set on fire and many more Muslim-owned houses and businesses were also burned.  Reports also claim that many injured were not able to access medical care because of a curfew. The violent chain of events began in […]

What is there to promise afresh to PM Modi? The President must implement the 13th amendment of the Constitution in full but will NOT do it so he can stay in power.

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Leader of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and Minister of Human Resources, D.E.W. Gunasekera, believes differences between the political cultures of India and Sri Lanka are crucial when it comes to resolving the country’s ethnic problem. He pointed out that the Indian political culture is symbolized by the act of new Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the former Premier Manmohan Singh with a bouquet of flowers, immediately after being sworn-in as Prime Minister of India. “Will our President ever go to Ranil Wickremesinghe like that?” Minister Gunasekera inquired, during an interview with Ceylon Today regarding devolving police and land powers to the provincial councils, under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. A new round of dialogue, regarding implementing the 13th Amendment in full, commenced […]

crimes of bigoted Buddhists against Burma’s Muslim minority and a rising tide of violence against the Muslims of Sri Lanka

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

As usual President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is famous for ‘Promising to investigations’ which will never bring any outcome, has expected ”Promised an investigation into the violence”.  The culprits in the BBS are of course well known to the President and a close associates of his Brother Gotha who is feared more powerful than Mahinda locally in Aluthgama, hence Muslim community leaders are not hopeful that any criminal charges will be laid against them. Interestingly there are Muslim leaders who are Ministers in the Mahinda Government, They are known to be puppets of the President Mahinda and has NO Official powers but enjoy all financial benefits of the Ministry they hold. It is believed that their only job is to lobby the Muslim world leaders to […]

Buddhist radicalism has been increasing in Sri Lanka just as it has in Myanmar

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

 Buddhist-Muslim Unrest Boils Over in Sri Lanka ALUTHGAMA, Sri Lanka — In some of the worst religious violence in Sri Lanka in decades, three people have been killed and 78 injured in riots between Buddhists and Muslims in this southwestern coastal town after months of rising tensions, officials said Monday. The riots on Sunday followed a protest march by a hard-line Buddhist group, Bodu Bala Sena, which is led in part by monks. Its name roughly translates as Buddhist Power Force. Shops and homes in the area, many of them owned by Muslims, were set ablaze and vandalized in violence that continued throughout the night. Mobs shouting anti-Muslim slogans and hurling gas bombs and stones advanced on a Muslim part of the village of Welipitiya, […]

Houses, shops and mosques attacked in riots

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Widespread condemnation as religious tensions kill three; injure over 70 Police curfew in force since Sunday; uneasy calm in Aluthgama and Berwela Houses, shops and mosques attacked in riots Police forensic teams deployed amidst tight security in the area By Dharisha Bastians Police curfew remains in force in Aluthgama and Beruwala as sporadic incidents continued in the area throughout Monday and Police and religious leaders appealed for restraint from all sides. Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds about 300 strong in Welipanna late last night, reports from the area said. Religious clashes in Aluthgama on Sunday night claimed three lives and injured more than 70 people, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem and residents confirmed yesterday. However, Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana maintained that only two persons had been […]

Refusing to Allow UN team to visit Sri Lanka – Cheating the World again!

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

War Criminals Rajapaksha’s who ordered the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians have 2/3 Majority in the Parliament. Playing Politics against the UN with the support of China and Russia. The government wants Parliament to oppose a UNHRC war crimes probe against Sri Lanka. What it really seeks is parliamentary endorsement for a fait accompli in the form of a resolution. Opposition parliment parties UNP and JVP are highlighting the human rights violations by the Government during the last few years and calling upon the government to investigate them before seeking the Opposition’s support for its resolution. UNP Sajith Premadasa has warned that the UNHRC probe will lead to economic sanctions on Sri Lanka. The government’s concerns about the UNHRC war crimes probe need to […]

“Muslims should be finished”

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Barbarism Of Sinhala Buddhist Extremist Forces Against Muslims By Eastern Muslim University Teachers’ Association for Human Rights – The Eastern Muslim University Teachers’ Association condemns the outrageous barbarism unleashed against the Muslims of Sri Lanka by the Sinhala Buddhist extremist forces like Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) aimed at resurrecting another pogrom of 1915 or 1983…………. READ MORE Horror In Aluthgama: Their Crime; Our Shame By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “In this country we still have a Sinhala police; we still have a Sinhala army. After today if a single Marakkalaya or some other paraya (alien) touches a single Sinhalese…..it will be their end.” – Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera (Aluthgama – 15.6.2014)[i] “Call him a Bikkhu who controls his hand, also his feet; who is well controlled, who is happy within himself; who is […]

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress decided to remain with the UPFA government, despite killing of Muslims

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Government should be held responsible for everything says Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem Leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem has visited Dharga town in Aluthgama, a short while ago. Hakeem is accompanied by several senior officials of the Sri Lanka Mulim Congress.  Although the situation is now tranquil in Beruwala and Aluthgama, uncertainly still looms large over the area with Police confirming two deaths due to last night’s clashes. Many Muslims in Aluthgama, who gathered in mosques last night due to fear of being attacked, are yet to return to their homes.  Speaking to BBC this morning, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said he was seriously considering retirement from his position as a result of yesterday’s clashes. Justice Minister, in an interview […]

The curfew is only for Muslims, not for the Buddhist rioters.

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

”Government prevents even a trade union or student protesters going to protest marches” says Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem. Well-coordinated violence against Muslims and Christians appears to have tacit state backing  “We still have Sinhala police in this country, still we have a Sinhala military. From today, if any Muslim mishandles any Sinhalese, that will be the end of them, “The curfew is only for Muslims, not for the rioters Police broke into the shop and an adjoining mosque, Another group followed and torched both buildings. At least three Muslims were killed and 75 people seriously injured in violence between Buddhists and Muslims in southern Sri Lankan coastal towns best known as tourist draws, with Muslim homes set ablaze, officials and residents said on Monday. There […]

Three killed, 75 injured, houses set ablaze in Sri Lanka ethnic clashes & No Buddhist Monk Has Been Killed In Aluthgama

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

No Buddhist Monk Has Been Killed In Aluthgama IGP N.K. Illangakoon, issuing a special media statement, has stated that no Buddhist monk has been killed in the Aluthgama clash last night. He urged the public not to be misguided by rumours and unsubstantiated stories. The IGP also seeks the assistance of the public to ensure law and order in the area. However, no explanation has been given so far by Police as to why it allowed the Bodu Bala sena to stage a protest in Aluthgama, paving the way for a clash. Meanwhile, a crucial meeting in this regard is now being held at the AGA Office in Kalutara, with Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa at the chair. SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena, Senior Minister […]

Video: “This Will Be The End Of All Muslims” Buddhist Monk Gnanasara Says Prior To Riots

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara in an inciteful and fear mongering speech earlier today in Aluthgama prior to the riots said that “if one marakkalaya ( Muslim) lays a hand on a Sinhalese that will be the end of all of them” to a rousing and cheering crowd. The crowd were visibly moved and kept cheering each inciteful statement made by Gnansara prior to launching their attack on the Muslims. “The police have turned their bayonets against us that is wrong. The Police should know what is happening in this country. We are asking the Defence establishment if the Sinhalse and the Bikkhus have ever raised a hand to one business establishment?. But this is enough. We haven’t raised our hands ( against them), not because we can’t… its not […]

The extremist Buddhists led by Bodu Bala Sena attacked Muslims and are still in the area despite curfew + Videos

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The extremist Buddhists led by Bodu Bala Sena attacked Muslims and are still in the area despite curfew Police use tear gas and enforce curfew in two coastal towns to end fighting between Muslims and Buddhists. Sri Lankan police have fired tear gas and enforced a curfew in two coastal towns popular with tourists in an attempt to end clashes between Muslims and Buddhists that threatens to set off wider religious violence. “Several Muslim-owned shops have been burned and homes attacked,”  “Some Buddhists are deliberately targeting Muslims. But unfortunately police have not been able to protect the minorities,” Hilmy Ahmed, spokesperson of Muslim Council of Sri Lanka All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) issuing a special statement has requested Muslims across the country to remain calm. It also requests all parties, including […]

Sri Lankan Muslim Minister trapped by ethnic clashes

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

At least 40 people were injured and mosques and 10 shops were damaged in clashes that started at a protest march led by hardline Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or the “Buddhist power force”.  There has been increasing violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka since 2012, mirroring events in Myanmar, which has seen a surge of attacks by members of the majority Buddhist community against Muslims. Many independent analysts say well-coordinated violence against Muslims and Christians appears to have tacit state backing as those involved in previous attacks have yet to be punished. BBS Group is backed by Gotha Rajapaksha who is feared more powerful than President in Sri Lanka and is suspected of using the racial groups support to take over from Mahinda as President. […]

Mosques, houses, shops attacked as mobs break curfew

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Alas Aluthgama! Bodu Bala Sena rally spikes major rioting in Aluthgama, Beruwala areas Indefinite police curfews imposed in Aluthgama and Beruwala Mosques, houses, shops attacked as mobs break curfew By Dharisha Bastians Police curfews were declared in two Kalutara District towns last night, after communal tensions flared in the restive area following a rally held by a hardline Buddhist group in Aluthgama town. An indefinite police curfew was in place from 6:45 p.m. after a Bodu Bala Sena rally in the tense town of Aluthgama yesterday went predictably south, with clashes erupting when parts of a mob in procession attempted to stone a mosque in the Dhargatown area. Images of property on fire and thick black smoke spiralling into the skies in Aluthgama emerged last night […]

SRI LANKA: Advocating A Different Political Project

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena The normalization of the abnormal is an inevitable result of conflict. This is hoary wisdom. Yet there is a lived-reality of this truth which needs to be meditated on with painful clarity. The breakdown of the Rule of Law and the clear-headed compulsion of the State to oppress without much resistance are symptoms. So too is the ability of many to shrug their shoulders and turn away. Some do this cynically, others through a sheer sense of frustration. Regardless, this is a reflection of the profoundly grotesque, of the minimalist citizens that we ourselves have become as much as a reflection of our presumed leaders. If law and order is not possible, what else? This week, a harmless small time businessman and […]

Sri Lanka Tamil leader seeks Indian PM’s intervention for a political solution

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan Tamil leader has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to achieve a political solution to the Tamil issue. Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP and Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member M.K. Sivajilingam in a letter to Modi in his letter says the Tamil people in Sri Lanka cannot expect a solution from Sri Lankan governments without the intervention of India. “Having gone through more than 65 years of injustice by successive governments in Sri Lanka, Tamil people are fully aware that no political solution would reach Tamils without the direct and active involvement of India,” the Councilor said in his letter to Modi. He sought the PM’s help in reaching a solution which can, at the minimum, […]

Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka following clash between Sinhala-Buddhists and Muslims in the area.

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Eyewitness accounts tell of Muslims being pulled off local buses and beaten. There are also reports of looting. Witnesses say Muslim homes and a mosque were stoned. Sri Lankan media received “orders from above” not to report the violence. The Sri Lankan authorities have imposed a curfew on two southern towns to quell clashes between a hardline Buddhist group and Muslims. When the Muslims in the area started reacting to the protest, things took a violent turn, a senior police officer said. Several people are reported to have been injured, shops burned and stones thrown at Buddhist marchers there. The clashes are said to have begun after the rally held by the BBS, the Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Brigade supported by Defence Minister Gotha Rajapaksha.  The […]

Challenging Modi In Colombo

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Challenging Modi In Colombo  by Tisaranee Gunasekara “I know what to give and what not to give.” Mahinda Rajapaksa (The Hindu – 5.7.2009)   During an extensive interview with ‘The Hindu’, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was asked about his oft-repeated ‘13th Amendment plus’ promise.  “Even tomorrow I can give that…” President Mahinda  replied promptly. That was July 2009. During the next five years, President Rajapaksa promised 13+ and denied promising 13+, again and again. The Rajapaksas and their acolytes (including the BBS) were elated when Narendra Modi won. They seemed to have believed that Mr. Modi’s Hindu supremacism would make him bond with his ideological blood-brothers in Colombo. Mr. Modi’s non-dependence on Tamilnadu increased Colombo’s elation. The invitation to attend his swearing-in seemed the definitive vindication of this optimistic outlook. “We […]

Never Ending Madness of Rajapaksha

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajasingham Jayadevan – The Extraordinary gazette notification of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka listing of designated persons, groups and entities under paragraph 4(2) of the United Nations Regulations No. 1 of 2012 by the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa dated 20 March 2014 proscribed sixteen overseas Tamil organisations and over 400 Tamils all over the world. Government gazette is an organ to officially advertise the agenda or decisions of the government and its departments. Under the constitution, any statutory decisions have to come through legislative or the executive and must follow the procedural process. Strangely, the decision to proscribe the groups and the individuals appears to be a singular decision of the Defence Secretary who is not even an elected member of the parliament. He only carries out […]

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